UPDATE | Person of interest arrested in Charleston

Published: Nov. 30, 2019 at 7:31 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/5/20 @ 11:37 a.m.

Charleston Police say that Qynell Bradshaw, 23, of Charleston was arrested Sunday morning.

He was arrested by the Charleston Police Department Patrol Division during a traffic stop in Charleston around 2 a.m., for an existing warrant from the Summer.

He was a person of interest in the murder of Laurina Blake, 18, of Charleston. She was shot to death in November.

At this time, Bradshaw is only charged with malicious assault and prohibited person with firearm.

It's unclear on whether or not Bradshaw will be charged in connection with Blake's murder. But police say he was the last person of interest they were searching for.

Keep checking WSAZ for the latest.

UPDATE 12/18/19 @ 11:35 a.m.

The Charleston Police Department has named a person of interest in a Charleston homicide case.

The department had a news conference Wednesday, asking for the community's help in solving the case. Offiers named Qynell Bradshaw, 23, of Charleston, a person of interest in the murder of Laurina Blake, 18, of Charleston.

"This investigation has taken us outside of Charleston (into) several counties. We are working Saturdays and Sundays, so we are just looking for help in the community," said CPD Chief Detective Tony Hazelett.

Investigators say Bradshaw was Blake's ex-boyfriend.

Laurina Blake was shot and killed Nov. 30 on Lovell Drive.

Officials believe Bradshaw has ties to the Charleston area. He also has an outstanding warrant for being a person prohibited from possessing firearms and an outstanding felony warrant for malicious wounding.

Charleston Police say the malicious wounding incident happened in June of 2019 and involved Blake. Bradshaw is accused of holding Blake's mouth open under a shower head until she began to choke and lose consciousness.

Bradshaw is also accused of hitting Blake in the face with his fist causing a significant eye injury, investigators say.

Terrance Bonner, 25, was arrested on unrelated charges and brought in for questioning about the homicide case.

Dante Williams, 22, and Memphis Ross, 18, are still wanted for questioning by the Charleston Police Department.

Detectives said they feel like they have "hit a brick wall" in the case and ask anyone with information to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111.

"I understand the culture of not wanting to talk to the police or fear of retaliation if you provide information of a crime," Charleston Police Chief Opie Smith said. "This is about getting justice for the family of an 18-year-old that was brutally murdered by gun violence."

UPDATE 12/12/19 @ 5:05 p.m.

More details have been released about the arrest of a man wanted for questioning in connection with a teenager’s shooting death.

Terrance Bonner, 25, of Charleston, was arrested Thursday on an unrelated charge of fleeing from an officer, according to Kanawha County court records.

Police say they tried to stop Bonner near the 1500 block of Washington Street West, but the driver of the black Jeep Liberty failed to stop.

During the pursuit, police say they saw several bags of narcotics thrown from passenger side of the Jeep. The vehicle was eventually stopped near a construction area on 7th Avenue just before attempting to turn south on 24th Street. Police say they had to maneuver to stop the Jeep.

Bonner had been wanted for questioning as a witness to the shooting death of Laurina Blake, 18, of Charleston. She was found gunned down Nov. 30 on Lovell Drive.

He also faced charges from outstanding warrants, including wanton endangerment involving a firearm and persons from prohibiting a firearm.

Bonner was taken to the South Central Regional Jail where he’s being held without bond.

UPDATE 12/12/19 @ 12:30 p.m.

One of three men wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting death of a teenager has been arrested on unrelated charges.

Charleston Police say Terrance Bonner, 25, was taken into custody shortly before noon Thursday.

Investigators say he was arrested on unrelated, outstanding warrants.

They also say he was wanted for questioning as a witness to the shooting death of Laurina Blake, 18, of Charleston. She was found gunned down on Lovell Drive back on November 30.

Bonner faces no charges in connection with her death at this time,

Officers are still looking to question Dante Williams, 22, and Memphis Ross, 18, about Blake's death. Both Williams and Ross also have unrelated, outstanding warrants out for their arrest.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

UPDATE 12/6/19 @ 4:10 p.m.

The Charleston Police Department is looking for three men who are wanted for questioning in a murder that happened on Nov. 30.

Laurina Blake, 18, of Charleston, died from multiple gunshot wounds on Lovell Drive in Charleston.

Officers are looking for Dante Williams, 22, Terrance Bonner, 25, and Memphis Ross, 18, in connection with the case.

All three men are also wanted on various unrelated warrants and bench warrants. Williams is wanted on two Charleston Municipal Court bench warrants for simple possession of marijuana.

Bonner is wanted on three warrants for wanton endangerment, possession of a firearm, and domestic battery. Ross is wanted on two warrants for simple possession and obstruction.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams, Bonner, or Ross is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111.

UPDATE 12/2/19 @ 10:30 p.m.

New information has been released in a woman's death on Charleston's West Side Saturday night.

Charleston Police say Laurina Blake, 18, from Charleston died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police tell WSAZ it happened around 7:15 Saturday at in the 100 block of Lovell Drive.

When officers got on scene, they found Blake lying next to a car. She was taken to CAMC General where she died.

"She was just an all around good person," said friend, Jubilee Desmond. "She loved hard (and) she was just a good person, a beautiful, young, innocent girl that was finding herself."

Jubilee says Laurina just got her own place and car. She was planning to go to college.

"She had a wonderful head on her shoulders, she knew what she wanted to do and she finally found that way to get it done."

At this time, no arrests have been made.

"This is no joke," said Desmond. "People's lives are being taken, gun violence is not cool. Period."

Police say the possible suspect was seen driving off in a white SUV.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-8111. Callers may remain anonymous.

UPDATE 11/30/19 @ 8:30 p.m.

A woman is dead after a shooting on Charleston's west side Saturday.

Charleston Police say she died at the hospital, her name is not being released.

Police responded to the shooting just after 7 p.m. Saturday on Glenwood Avenue.

Our crew at the scene reports officers have been yelling at a home telling the people inside to come out with their hands up.

Police say no one is in custody at this time.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/30/19 @ 7:30 p.m.

Charleston Police are on scene of a shooting on the city's west side Saturday evening.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ there is a "heavy police presence" on Glenwood Ave. near Lovell Drive.

There is no word yet on the circumstances about what happened, or if anyone has been hurt.

WSAZ has a crew at the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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